U.K. May Make Internet Companies Log Users' Addresses

The U.K. is looking at ways to help police trace criminals who use the Internet to communicate after Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg killed off plans by David Cameron’s Conservatives to monitor e-mail data.

Setting out its legislative program in Parliament in London today, the government said it would look instead at ways of making Internet service providers log which Internet protocol addresses had been allocated to which customers.

This would allow police to see who had sent a particular e-mail or been involved in a conversation via Microsoft Corp.’s Skype online calling service or similar applications, it said.